Heresy | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
2,256 Ratings

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We take our Old Heathen and age it in oak bourbon barrels. The result is our silky smooth Heresy, 8% ABV. The aroma is filled with vanilla, cocoa and roasted coffee. Notes of oak, whiskey, roasted barley and vanilla dance across your taste buds.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 2,256 |  Reviews: 1,009
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger mocha head. Head has reduced to a thin layer now too. it is pitch black with some signs of bubbles at the top near the layer of foam.

Smell: mocha, roastiness, bready, vanilla, oak, earthiness, maple syrup, molasses, some dark fruits, and a little alcohol too.

Taste: all of the above blended nicely. Tastes really good. You got the flavors of a typical RIS that is matured with the flavors of oak barrels.

Mouthfeel: silky and creamy smooth, full bodied, a little chewy, somewhat dry, medium carbonation, and easy to drink.

Overall: A nice RIS to add to the mix. Happy to have picked up this single a few weeks ago. Could have aged it, but drinking it sooner than expected on this nice muggy night in Boston is well worth it. The beer got more taster and more aromas as it warmed up.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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2/5  rDev -49.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a thick, black with a tan head.

Smells of oak, chocolate, slight dark fruit and oats.

Taste is oak up front that mixes with a slight roasted character before going into a boozy/oak/wood plank middle before ending on a astringent oak character. This is not great fresh, far too heavy on the wood taste.

Heavy body with low carbonation and warming alcohol all are good.

Really woody, chocolate forward stout...might be good with some age.

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of gfreed
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Don't be mislead-- there's nothing heretical here. In fact, it's a nice tame, conforming beer. As an RIS, it has all the basic features: dense, roasty-toasty, somewhat bitter but not overly so. The oak adds almost nothing; it might be that letting this sit for a year or two would bring out some oak characteristics. Not worth buying another bottle to find out, however.

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3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours as black and opaque as I've ever seen with a beautiful tan one finger foamy head that dissipates quickly

s: chocolate, vanilla, the oak is subtle and there's a hint of bourbon when swirled

t: dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, slight oak but the flavor is fleeting. I feel that this beer lacks complexity.

m: medium body, good carbonation, slight alcohol burn with a fairly dry finish

o: not bad but could use more complexity and depth for an imperial stout

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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black body with just the slightest espresso head that dissipates quick.

The smell is subtle vanilla and toasted marshmallow.

The oak is very subtle in the taste, too. There's some notes of espresso and chocolate, then black licorice.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich, with a slightly dry finish.

This is a very enjoyable RIS. The oak aging doesn't do much, but it's good nonetheless.

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3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours jet black with a thin, sticky tan head that fades quickly. The beer's nose is a thick, syrupy sweetness underwritten by a subtle vanilla and biting alcohol. Strangely I am remind of pancakes & maple syrup when I take a deep whiff. The taste is much the same with a big roasty stout body, subtle vanilla and a molasses, lingering sweetness.
The beer is not as full-bodied as I would have preferred, and the taste doesn't coat my palate as expected. I believe it's slightly over-carbonated as well.
This beer is great and definitely a sipper. The vanilla (without being barrel aged) is an interesting contrast to a beer that's normally defined by bold notes of coffee and chocolate. Worth trying, especially to support a great "local" brewery such as weyerbacher.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of julian89
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance- What a great looking beer. Dark chocolate brown with a tan head and creamy lacing. The viscosity is in-between lager and molasses.

Smell- Smoked wood, chocolate, and the barrel aging in oak (a lil' whiskey smell).

Taste- This is where I wasn't surprised. I didn't age my bottle like I see some people do. I've had substantially better RIS before. This one was not as balanced as the smell should suggest. The alcohol was very strong and the maltiness overtook much of the other flavors. It's almost like a light dark malt whiskey rather than a beer. I was looking for a little more of a smooth earthy boldness of a beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's okay to drink but I have several far better alternatives, maybe I'll return to later, or better yet try on draft if I can ever find it.

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Heresy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 2,256 ratings.
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